What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I am originally from Manchester, Uk, Where i was a touring musician with an indie rock band for a while, got my first record deal over in England when i was 16. From there i toured the world and met a lot of great industry people. Finally settled in Los Angeles (My Wife was A&R at Interscope Records). Once i got married i decided i didn't want to tour anymore so moved more into the production/mixing world... Now i own my own licensing company and recording studio in Los Angeles which was always my dream to begin with. I am very blessed and love what i do.
How would you describe your style?
My style is very varied but my productions are always full of emotion and vibe and i also love to combine genres a little in every song... Kind of like Avicii did on "Wake Me Up".
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Ed Sheeran... Super nice guy and hit music just comes easy for the guy.
Can you share one music production tip?
I like to get a full grasp of the song and project before i get to work. Also don't be afraid of trying new things.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Pop, Rock, EDM, Folk, Country and everything in between.
What's your strongest skill?
My love for music and my experience is my strongest skill. I know how to make music that competes against Radio hits and i know what it takes to get an artist signed. I also own a music licensing company.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Computer: Mac Pro 8-Core 3.0Ghz, Macbook Pro laptop.
Outboard Gear: Universal Audio UA-S610 SOLO, Golden Age Pre-73 MKII, Slate Digital Microphone System, Apogee Ensemble, Apogee Duet 2
Plugins: Slate Digital, Sound Toys, Waves, Native Instruments, Spectrasonics, You name it i probably have it.
Mics: Neumann u-87, Neumann TLM-49, Slate Microphone System, AKG 214, AKG 414, Blue Baby Bottle.
Monitors: Genelec 8030 LSE Triple Play, Dynaudio Acoustics BM 5A MKII.
Control Room: Fully treated room with very high ceilings.
Guitar: Gretsch Duojet with Bigsby, Gibson SG, Fender Telecaster (american), Fender Strat (American), Gibson ES - 335, Guild Acoustic, Gibson Mandolin, Lanikai Ukulele.
Keys: Moog Sub 37 Tribute, Casio Privia PX-860, Axiom Pro 49, Axiom AIR Mini 32.
What do you bring to a song?
I bring 17 years experience as musician and 10 years as a Producer/Mix Engineer. I am from England originally but live in Los Angeles, I have performed all over the world as a musician and I have also recorded in some amazing recording studios with big artists as a session musician. I have been producing, mixing, and mastering everyday for the last 10 years! I have helped many artists find a path to Management, Publishing and Record deals.
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I have worked on several projects from start to finish as a producer and mixer, then helped the artists get signed to publishing deals/recording deals. It's always nice to see people achieve their goals... i usually work with people for a while if we get along.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Take your work seriously and do it with love. I love working with artists with passion for what they do.
What are you working on at the moment?
Right now i am working on pitching some of the artists i have been working with the last few years... Some have already gotten publishing deals/record deals from the material we have made together.
I am also working on a few albums from people around the world.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
I work with a lot of singers/writers on Sound Better.
Analog or digital and why?
Analog Sounds better but Digital makes the work flow much quicker and easier to get the idea out of your head. I use both.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
100% satisfaction. I want them to love the work. If i believe in the music i will always try to get it in front of the right people.
What do you like most about your job?
I get to make music everyday & make other people's visions come to life. Music is my life.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Producers/writers: Max Martin, Greg Kurstin, The Chainsmokers & Julia Michaels.
Artists: I love everything from Pop to Country to EDM to Rock.
What's your typical work process?
My work process starts with listening to the song or references several times and feeling the vibe. I then come up with a game plan of how I can help bring the song to the next level. I love to add my own taste/vibe to the track while understanding/maintaining the artists vision. It is all about team work!
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
They ask if their track can be played on the radio or signed by a big label. I say yes sure!! Let me help you to get it to that level
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That having more instruments and tracks means better sounding songs/mixes. Its all about doing whats best for the song! Less is sometimes more but then again sometimes MORE IS MORE!! It's all about the song!
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
I like to find out what music they love and what vision they had when they created the song! This is by far the most important thing!
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
1. Piano 2. Headphones 3. Laptop 4. Apollo 5. Neumann Mic
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I make a lot tracks from start to finish... Artists will send me the basic song idea, let me know what they are hoping to achieve and i help them get to the finish line. I also mix and master fully produced/recorded tracks to a "Radio Ready" standard. A lot of times i will also help them get their music in front of publishers/labels and managers through my contacts here in Los Angeles.